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Darlot Cone Centralisateur 220mm F4

€1400.00 Sold Out

History: The Cone Centralisateur lens design (which is a petzval design with a larger back element to avoid reflections), is absolutely famous and sought after in the late 19th century and even more today. It was the flagship lens for Jamins and early Darlots workshop in the 1850ies and 1860ies. It offered better optical quality then most of his rivals, but also a possibility to it as a portrait (portrait mode) lens and also as a landscape lens (paysage). Even though its a a petzval design, you will see a slight difference to other portrait petzvals from that time. The Cone Centralisateur lenses have this cenrtain 'something' to their image, which is hard to grasp, but many people are looking for.

The engraving reads:

'ANCne Mon JAMIN - DARLOT Sb OPTn Bte S.G.D.C. - 14r Chapon, Paris'

The Serial reads '23.865' which dates the lens in the early 1860ies!



Condition: This brass beauty comes in a great condition! The brass shows only light wear and still a warm patina, the rack & pinion mechanism seems complete (although its stuck). The glass is in great condition too, minimal cleaning marks and signs of wear, but over all clean and clear.


With its fast open aperture of F4 and a focal lengh of 220mm (or almost 8 1/2"), this lens will work anywhere from 5x7 and fullplate formats.


In landscape mode it will have an estimated focal lenght of 500mm, covering huge ULF formats like 14" x 17" !



It comes with a fitting flange and the original middle part, which can be used to insert washer type stops!



height: 15cm
width: 8cm
weight: 1000gr




Insured and tracked shipping cost:

Germany - 20 eur
EU* - 25eur
Worldwide - 70 eur**


*(the site offers only 2 shipping variations, DE and worldwide. buyers from EU please either contact me beforehand for a reduced EU cost, or after buying so i can send a refund over the difference)

** the high cost is due the high insurance value





Importent Note: This item comes from my private collection and is around 100 years old (antique). I try my best to describe all the faults and major damage which are relevant for the function of this item. But the actuall item can show signs of wear and also some cosmetic blemishes/damage which is not described in the auction text! When buying this item the buyer agrees to this terms.

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